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Friday 13 February 2009

Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

Synopsis:- This is the second of Charlaine Harris' books starring Harper Connelly a woman who got hit by lightning as a child and got left with a gift of finding the dead and being able to identify their cause of death.

Harper is hired by a skeptic Professor who wants to prove to his class that she's a fraud. His ultimate test was to take Harper to the College cemetery which hasn't been used for over 50 years and the list of the people buried there was recently uncovered and was impossible to obtain. 

Harper goes through the norm, naming the people buried in the graves and naming their cause of death when in the last grave something goes awfully wrong. Harper feels two bodies instead of one. Harper then realizes that the second body that was buried there recently, on top of the original body is that of the little girl that she was hired and failed to find a few months prior.

Due to this big coincidence Harper and Tolliver finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation, both looking to be likely suspects. If things couldn't get worse, the Professor, after a heated and public argument with Harper is found dead on the very same grave! The duo seeks to find their own evidence, to solve the murder mystery and to untangle themselves from being seen as suspects. Unfortunately every evidence they uncover further points to them  being guilty. 

Personal Review:- Whilst I preferred the first book in the series, Grave Sight, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only reason I found Grave Sight to be a better book is because it took me awhile longer to figure out who the actual culprit to the crimes were, whereas with this one it was obvious early on in the story.

Having said that this book was still a great read. It's a very easy read, but the book contains enough mystery, twists and turns for it not to become a bore, even if you already guessed who the murderer was. I will definitely be reading more of Charlaine Harris' books.

Rating:- 6 out of 10


Anonymous said...

I really had an issue with her relationship issues, if you know what I mean. That's the only part of the book I didn't care for.

Unknown said...

Yes the relationship thing was a bit strange. I'm not sure but I think that Harris is angling for that "high school sweetheart" that has been best friends forever but never knew they were each other's soul mates, but yes them being represented as siblings, despite being only step made it seem a bit creepy and bizarre.


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